Welcome to part two of our used car pre-purchase inspection walk through! In part 1, we discussed what to do when you’ve found a car that fits your needs, how to inspect it, and what items to look for to determine the condition of the vehicle. So now you’ve gotten the keys and are ready for a test drive. Fire up the engine and hit the road!
First thing you should notice, as previously stated in part 1, is how the engine starts. It should turn over with no hesitation or smoke. The revs should remain consistent while the vehicle is warming up and you should pay attention to the gauges as well. Now it’s time to take it for a spin! As you drive the first few minutes, get a feel for the car and make sure you don’t hear any noises out of the ordinary. It’s important to drive the car normally at first, and not peel out of the lot like you’re in a car chase from The Bourne Identity movies. Also while driving, make sure the car isn’t pulling to one side. This can be a sign that the vehicle could use an alignment. The steering wheel should also not vibrate while driving, and there should be no loud clicking noises come from the suspension when turning or going over bumps. When braking make sure the brake pedal feels firm and isn’t “squishy.”
At this point in the inspection have a mechanic look over the car to make sure the mechanical details are all in order. However, since the cars you are looking at are offered by the reputable dealer you found online, the paperwork showing service information and the mechanic are all on site. So you know these vehicles have already been checked over and they have proven to be in excellent condition based on the test drive and visual inspection. As an added bonus these Fusions have both been qualified as Certified Pre-Owned cars. A certification sounds really cool and official! But, what does that mean for you?
Ford Certified Pre-Owned Vehicles are based on strict mileage and condition standards. They also must undergo a rigorous 172-point inspection process. This process checks out all of the Exterior, Interior, Mechanical, and Convenience items. And if any parts need to be replaced, they are fixed with genuine Ford parts. So these vehicles are being tested to ensure they are still up to the quality of when they left the factory. And they get to keep the original Powertrain Warranty of 7 years/ 100,000 mile coverage from the original date of purchase. Ford also offers a 1 year/ 12,000 mile comprehensive Limited Coverage Warranty too. Certified Pre-Owned Ford’s also receive 24 Roadside Assistance that is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. To learn more about Certified Pre-Owned Vehicles, check out this article we posted a while back.
Both of these 2012 Fusions have similar mileage, are in excellent condition, and are both Ford Certified Pre-Owned vehicles. And they are listed for around the same price too. As an added bonus, the local dealer you are working with is highly recommended through online review websites too! So with either choice you can remain confident that you are getting a great used vehicle at a fantastic price. After hearing all this info, which one do you choose? Maybe that game of “eenie meenie miney moe” might come in handy after all.